Protecting the privacy of client information in health care is a legal and moral imperative. This course provides a broad overview of HIPAA compliance for mental health care providers in group and private practice settings, other outpatient health and wellness care service providers in similar settings, and their staff. Topics include definitions of key terms, the rules that make up HIPAA, and the process of becoming and remaining compliant. Specific attention is given to developing and updating a Notice of Privacy Practices, risk assessment, and documenting compliance efforts.
3 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
Describe each of the three main rules that make up HIPAA
Define at least three meaningful terms specific to HIPAA
Conduct a Risk Assessment for protected health information in their practice
Appropriately document at least four efforts toward HIPAA compliance
Describe the nature and purpose of a Business Associate Agreement
1. Introduction and definitions
2. Key rules
a. Privacy Rule
b. Security Rule
c. Breach Notification Rule
d. Interaction with state laws
3. General compliance requirements
a. Releases of PHI
b. Individual privacy rights
c. Administrative requirements in the Privacy Rule
d. Security requirements
e. Breach notification requirements
f. Risk assessment
4. Business Associates
a. Common examples
b. Business Associate Agreement
c. Conduit exception
5. Putting it all together
Format and Length:
Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 182 minutes
Law and Ethics
NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 8: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development
To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: March 5, 2021
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.
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This course has been approved by SimplePractice, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 3 Hours CE. NAADAC Provider #186410. SimplePractice is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Click here to view our complete CE approval information.